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John G. Riley House & Museum

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A Tallahassee Gem

Traveled to Orlando for The Thanksgiving holiday. Usually when I’m traveling on pleasure I like to... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Pleasant Surprise near downtown Tallahassee

The Riley house provides a snapshot of African-American history in Tallahassee. Most amazing part... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2017
Albert M
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Nov 27, 2018
“A Tallahassee Gem”
Apr 11, 2017
“Pleasant Surprise near downtown Tallahassee”
The John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. is a historical and cultural gem that sits at the bottom of a hill in downtown Tallahassee, at the corner of Meridian and Jefferson Streets. The Riley historic home...more
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419 E Jefferson St Fl 32301, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1817
+1 850-681-7881
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Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Traveled to Orlando for The Thanksgiving holiday. Usually when I’m traveling on pleasure I like to find something cultural to do. This stop over in Tallahassee proved to be a treat. The museum is awesome. The tour guides are very engaging and know so much...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

The Riley house provides a snapshot of African-American history in Tallahassee. Most amazing part of tour is the Animatronic figure of John Riley donated by Disney. So real that it may scare you when it starts to speak.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Albert M
Reviewed November 20, 2016

This museum reveals the talented architectural career of the late John G. Riley whose legacy lives on as one of the stars of African American history in this profession, unusual for minorities of his era.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Mary L
Reviewed July 24, 2016

We were looking for classical houses to visit and were pleasantly surprised to learn about the history of Mr. Riley. His story from being born into slavery to owning property and helping other people grow and fight the ugliness of discrimination until he was 96...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank 890JimW
Reviewed March 5, 2016

Very interesting little museum, providing great insight into an aspect of history the USA seem to be rather keen to forget - that of black America. As recent events prove, there are still plenty of racial tensions in the US. There are too few museums...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank teturtia
Reviewed August 3, 2015

We travel from CT. to TLH every May for the Emancipation week celebration. Our family has a big Emancipation Day celebration and we try to always include the Riley House & Museum on this annual pilgrimage .

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Teri C
Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a very small museum. You probably could not take more than 40 minutes to tour it if you tried. That being said, what it offers is unique and informative. I saw the Civil War Spies exhibit. It was very interesting and well done....More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank Vitarachel
Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

The historic home has much to offer in architectural style and historical references. Its location says a lot about Black history, both past and present. Mr Riley sits in his office and speaks frequently - a startling surprise to many visitors.

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank Pat S
Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although we liked the museum, we were not impressed with the tour guide. I think she was a student, who really was not knowledgeable about the museum. Loved visiting the area!

Date of experience: March 2014
1  Thank paula b
Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Riley House was always interesting, but it continues to get better with time. They have built a new visitor's center behind the original house and often host educational events that range from interesting lectures, to films. The newly opened Cascades Park and Smokey Hollow...More

Date of experience: February 2014
5  Thank TallaResident
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